Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2018 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trips on 20 Feb, 7 August and 4 September

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is now £17, not £15 as advertised. This is due to increased operator charges.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Nosterfield NR Bioblitz with Chris Packham

The main event will be on 19th July - moth traps switched off around 5am, then sorted at 7am for anyone who would like to attend, which is when we begin! LUCT would like to invite all HDNS members to attend during the day to help with identification of all species on site, whether crawling, flying or growing. We have arranged for some experts to be around for the trickier species (spiders, flies etc.) and the North & East Yorkshire Ecological Data Team will be running the Bioblitz HQ at the visitor centre at Nosterfield Quarry - where they can provide site maps and recording sheets and man a "running totals board" to encourage as many sightings/records as possible. The Bioblitz will end at 5pm on 19th July, when we hope to have a provisional total of species, with many records to come once the experts have checked the trickier ones under microscopes etc.!

Everyone attending should bring suitable footwear, hats, sun screen, food and drink for the day - and there are loo facilities at the Quarry visitor centre.
When: Thu July 19 07:00 - 17:00

Ribblehead Quarry and area

Leader: Colin Newlands, English Nature
Flowers of limestone
Meet: Fewston to carshare or 10:30 @ quarry carpark, SD766788
Contact: Kerry Morrison
When: Wed August 1 10:00 - 16:00

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Minibus trip (booking required – see blue form). Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough at 8.30 am. A diverse habitat with two reservoirs, wader pools and woodland; there are several hides and access paths are good. Butterflies and dragonflies are abundant.
When: Tue August 7 08:30 - 18:00

Hartlepool, Teesmouth and RSPB Saltholme

Minibus trip (booking required – see blue form). Meet at York Place car park, Knaresborough at 8.00 am. Looking for sea passage, skuas and terns; also waders at Saltholme. RSPB members should have their membership cards with them.
When: Tue September 4 08:00 - 18:00

Goydon Pot and Upper Nidderdale

Leader: Nick Gaunt
In search of autumn plants (including mosses and liverworts) and other wildlife.
Meet: 9:45 @ Pateley Bridge showground car park, SE157654,
to car share
Contact: Nick Gaunt
When: Wed September 26 10:00 - 16:00

Nidd Gorge Fungus Foray

Leader: Andy Woodall

Meet: 10:00 in Woodland Trust car park
Contact: Muff Upsall
When: Sat September 29 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

Progress with the Wildwatch project

Alice Crosby
When: Wed October 10 19:30 - 21:00

The Mists of India

Roger Parrish
Birds, animals and insects of India
When: Wed October 24 19:30 - 21:00


Mal Greaves
When: Wed November 7 19:30 - 21:00

Garden Birds

Mike Gray
When: Wed November 21 19:30 - 21:00

Nidd Gorge

Keith Wilkinson
A walk through the study area
When: Wed December 5 19:30 - 21:00

Rain forests on four continents

Nick Gaunt
Impressions of flora and fauna of a variety of rain forests taken on personal trips around the world, with reflections on their diversity, status and future.
When: Wed January 9 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Earthworms and their balls of calcite

Mark Hodson, Univ of York
When: Wed January 23 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wildlife of Sri Lanka

Colin Slator
When: Wed February 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Planning for HS2

Sara Robin, YWT Planning Officer
When: Wed February 20 2019 19:30 - 21:00

Wild Photography - Tales and Tails

Carl Watts
When: Wed March 6 2019 19:30 - 21:00

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